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EFCC to Charge Bobrisky with Money Laundering Offenses

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to bring charges against Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, at the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged money laundering. The accusations against Bobrisky, a figure known for his controversial cross-dressing persona, revolve around multiple instances of purported currency tampering and misuse.

According to the EFCC, Bobrisky stands accused of various offenses, including the spraying and tampering with Nigerian currency notes at public gatherings. The commission alleges that Bobrisky tampered with sums totaling N400,000, N50,000, and N20,000 at different events and locations, such as the IMAX Circle Mall in Lekki, Aja Junction in Ikorodu, and White Steve Event Hall in Ikeja.

Additionally, Bobrisky is alleged to have failed to declare the financial activities of his company, Bob Express, to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering. The EFCC asserts that significant sums amounting to N127.7 million and N53 million were deposited into the company’s Ecobank account between September 2021 and April 2024 without proper declaration.

The charges brought against Bobrisky fall under Sections 6(1)(a) and 19(1)(f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act and are punishable under Section 19(2)(b) of the same Act. Despite being granted administrative bail, Bobrisky remains in EFCC custody after failing to meet the bail conditions.

The EFCC launched its investigation into Bobrisky’s alleged offenses following reports and video evidence of him flaunting and spraying wads of Naira notes at public events. Bobrisky voluntarily presented himself for questioning at the EFCC’s Lagos Zonal Command, where he provided statements.

Reliable sources within the EFCC have confirmed that Bobrisky is being held in solitary confinement, separated from other detainees. Interrogators have reportedly conducted thorough questioning, and Bobrisky continues to be detained pending further investigation and legal proceedings.

The EFCC’s decision to pursue charges against Bobrisky underscores its commitment to upholding the integrity of the Nigerian currency and ensuring compliance with anti-money laundering regulations. Bobrisky’s forthcoming arraignment reflects the EFCC’s unwavering dedication to addressing allegations of financial impropriety, irrespective of the individual’s public persona or prominence.

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